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Today on KSR: Cats survive monster comeback; take down #14 Auburn

Jan 19, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Reid Travis (22) makes a shot against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 19, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Reid Travis (22) makes a shot against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Well yesterday was fun. Kentucky picked up a massive road win against not only just one of the best teams in the SEC, but also what I believe is one of the better teams in the entire country.

The story of the game? A massive start to the second half that saw the Cats get out to a big lead which somehow flipped the three point switch for Auburn and the three ball began to fall. Auburn took the lead in the closing seconds, but clutch free throws down the stretch gave the Cats an 82-80 victory. Now on to the news:

Keldon Johnson bounced back from Scoreless Game vs. Georgia

Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

We all say it seemingly after every game. For this Kentucky team to be successful, Keldon Johnson HAS to play well. Sure, there was an exception on Tuesday night against a bad Georgia team, but to beat a good team, Johnson must be a star player.

A star player he was yesterday on the plains. The UK freshman scored 20 points, which tied with Tyler Herro for the team lead, and was a major difference in the game. One of the biggest shots in the entire game was a three by Johnson as the shot clock was expiring in the second half. It stopped a huge momentum turn for Auburn.

If Johnson continues this stretch for the next few games, this could turn into a massive run for the Cats, but consistency has to be key.

The game didn’t start great for Johnson as it took a teammate to tell him to… well…. you can probably read his lips:

After this moment, he turned it on. In all seriousness, this was a true leadership moment for Hagans and a good sign moving forward.

Tom Hart with a Big Time Tweet Postgame

Everyone’s favorite tv play-by-play announcer, Tom Hart, gave a nice compliment to the Cats after he caught up with the games. This was his opinion on a specific sequence in the game:

Personally, I could not agree with him more. That run to end the first half and begin the second was some of the best basketball I have seen this team play since the Bahamas. Is it sustainable for a full 40 minutes? Maybe not, but when this team plays that way and fits those keys, there aren’t many teams in the country that can actually beat them.

Charles Barkley and John Calipari have a funny interaction

Jan 19, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Ashton Hagans (2) talks with coach John Calipari during the first half against the Auburn Tigers at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

In case you didn’t watch ESPN’s coverage of the game, “the Round Mound of Rebound” himself, Charles Barkley, was in attendance to cheer on his alma mater. He spent a segment in the first half with the ESPN broadcast in which he had a point where he was very complimentary of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation.

After the game, Barkley went into the press area during Calipari’s postgame interview in what turned into a perfect moment. Just as a heads up, there is a NSFW moment right at the beginning of the clip:

Barkley is one of my favorite studio analysts in sports. His humor and knowledge of the game is unmatched and he works perfectly with the TNT crew for NBA games.

Anthony Edwards to visit Kentucky this Week

Photo: Alyssa Trofort/Under Armour

While most fans were focusing on the game, some big recruiting news came through the wire with Anthony Edwards announcing that he will be visiting Lexington this week.

While most believe that he is headed to Tallahassee to suit up for former Kentucky assistant Leonard Hamilton, getting him on campus is a big deal.

For more on the announcement, including when specifically he will be in town, click here.

College GameDay to come to Lexington next weekend

In what might have been the least surprising news of yesterday, College GameDay officially announced that they will be bringing their show back to Lexington for the 10th straight year.

With Kansas coming to town, a possible top ten matchup (although Kansas did lose to unranked WVU) is one that producers are obviously excited about. Plus, Kentucky fans always show up in mass numbers.

Heck, this even gives me an excuse to share the video of the first of the ten straight. The moment where many say, “Kentucky Basketball was back.”

The Super Bowl will be set Today

Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

We are only two weeks away from one of the best days in sports; Super Bowl Sunday. After today, we will know the two teams that will be making the trip to Atlanta to compete for the Lombardi Trophy.

Only one former Cat remains, Larry Warford and his New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams at 3:05 EST on FOX.

The AFC Championship pits young vs. old as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs welcome in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Kick for that game is scheduled for 6:40pm on CBS.

Not that you really care who I am picking, but I am taking the Saints and Chiefs. Every dynasty has to come to an end at some point.

With all of that being said, this probably guarantees that the Rams and Patriots will be meeting up in two weeks in the Super Bowl.

That wraps up your news for the day. If you are in an area that has been affected by #Snowmaggedon, be safe and enjoy your Sunday. Go Cats!


Article written by Sam Gormley

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16 Comments for Today on KSR: Cats survive monster comeback; take down #14 Auburn

  1. UKinIN
    10:16 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not ready to call UK a Final Four team but these guys are showing a toughness and grit that should take them far.

    • lexcatfan2367
      2:38 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Right! Because your opinion on whether the team is final four ready or not means so much to us.

  2. BigolBlue
    10:22 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

    It sure did shut the haters up didn’t it? Thankfully

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:07 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Despite whatever vitriol I have tossed your way in response to your fine trolling;

      Well played, well played indeed.

    • catsarerunnin
      11:14 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Apparently not since you’re the biggest hater of all Slater/BigolBlew.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:42 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      catsarerunnin don’t forget combatmedic. It would be a major miracle if Slater/combatmedic/bigoldumbass could shut his own own self up.

    • Blue Bill
      12:22 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Funny. Back on 1/12 you were bashing them and Cal worse than anyone. Ha.

    • Skooms
      12:40 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Blye Bill that was a whole 8 days ago. That’s like 2 years in BoB UK time.

  3. bigblue2284
    10:44 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s not forget the monster comeback to some extent was because of atrocious officiating, that flagrant 1 on Washington was absurd. This team is much better when they aren’t relying on Washington as their go to scorer, they need Herro, Ashton and Johnson to lead the way.

    • henderblue
      11:16 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Yes! bigblue2284 that last sentence is huge! Washington needs to be as good as he can be, he’s a huge part. But our go to guys need to be Hagans, Herro and Johnson…well played!!

    • trumpetguy
      5:03 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Photo of Cal and Hagans is a good one. Coach cool and calm instructing/coaching one of his main guys, who in turn is intently listening. GREAT photo

  4. IrishCat
    11:46 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not giving any credit for seeing what’s plainly in front of you, after months of intentionally undermining this program publicly. Get outta here.

  5. bigblue2284
    12:49 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    Irish cat being objective and stating what I see also includes pointing out things that in my opinion are wrong. I’ve consistently said Washington is inconsistent and relying on him meant UK is in trouble. Ashton can’t lead this team alone we don’t have a “that” guy it’s going to take a joint effort.

  6. J. Did
    3:27 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    St’s. Rams vs. Chiefs Pats

  7. michaelb
    5:42 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    That auburn team is better than their # 14 ranking in my opinion . I consider them to be a possible F4 team . Those guards they have are just cream of the crop. How does pearl come up with these guys ? To think their best player left the team (mustafa) – whew that team would be stacked . That win was impressive and still proud about it today . Makes me think we can handle Kansas at home nicely . If that happens seems like we should be #5 or better .

  8. michaelb
    5:48 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    I watched espn last nite for over an hour straight. They had no run down of the uk vs auburn game . How sucky is that ? It was the best game on tv Saturday . They kept showing news of a stupid mma fight that lasted a total of 40 seconds . Espn blows these days . NBC / cbs / fox sports are 10 times better than stupid espn. Gfto espn